A coaching veteran of nearly 40 years, Dan Dodd is in his first year serving as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator, after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant at Arkansas State. Dodd will also work the Cardinals quarterbacks.
Dodd has experience coaching in 12 bowl games, including the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl and New Orleans Bowl as a member of the Arkansas State staff. He also brings playoff experience coaching at the FCS and high school levels.
During his time in Jonesboro, Ark., Dodd helped create a record-setting offense that set school standards for touchdowns and yards of offense. Dodd also spent time as the Red Wolves recruiting coordinator, where he helped bring in the Sun Belt’s top signing class (according to Rivals.com) in 2014.
During the 2015 season, he assisted with an ASU passing attack that posted the fifth-most passing yards in school history and 35 rushing touchdowns. Dodd directly worked with honorable mention All-Sun Belt tight end Darion Griswold, who signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts after the season.
Dodd’s career has taken him from the high school ranks through every level of the collegiate game. Prior to his stop at Arkansas State, Dodd spent time at Tulane, New Mexico, TCU and Utah State. He has also spent time at the FCS level (Western Illinois) and the junior college ranks (Butler Community College). He was hired at Arkansas State after a stint as head coach and athletics director at Capistrano Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Dodd served as the offensive coordinator at Tulane for four seasons, working with the Green Wave quarterbacks. He was also named assistant head coach for the final three seasons in New Orleans. In 2010, the Green Wave ranked 38th
nationally in passing offense, while running back Orleans Darkwa garnered freshman All-America recognition after setting a Green Wave freshman record with 925 rushing yards and 11 scores.
Darkwa’s emergence as the leader of the rushing attack came just a year after Dodd’s offense produced a 1,000-yard rusher in Andre Anderson. That season, Anderson teamed with receiver Jeremy Williams to produce the first 1,000-yard rushing and receiving tandem in program history.
During his time with the Green Wave, Dodd also worked with Matt Forte. As a senior, Forte was one of the nation’s leading rushers posting a school record 2,127 yards on the ground, which was the seventh-best single-season performance in NCAA history.
Dodd went to Tulane after spending seven seasons at New Mexico, including six seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Dodd followed Dennis Franchione to TCU after New Mexico’s 1997 bowl season, where he spent two seasons as the TCU offensive coordinator before returning to New Mexico in January 2000.
Dodd was a member of coaching staffs at New Mexico and TCU that produced four-straight winning seasons from 1996-99 and participated in three consecutive bowl games (1997-99). New Mexico won the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division title in 1997 and played in the Insight.com Bowl. TCU defeated Southern California in the 1998 Norwest Sun Bowl and No. 20 East Carolina in the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl.
During his time in Albuquerque, UNM’s offensive production not only improved but Dodd mentored several athletes who were recognized on a national level. Tailback DonTrell Moore became just the sixth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive season. Moore would go on to become Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, while former quarterback Graham Leigh was named WAC Mountain Division Offensive Player of the Year.
Dodd began his coaching career in the Southern California high school ranks in 1980, before leaving to become an assistant at Butler (Kan.) Community College. He served as head coach his final two seasons at Butler, and helped lead the team to three Jayhawk Community College Conference titles.
A native of San Clemente, Calif., Dodd is a 1978 graduate of Drake University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education. He set three school passing records as the Bulldogs quarterback, and was the 1977 co-captain.
Dodd, and his wife, Dayona, have a daughter, Anne, and a son, Bobby, and three grandchildren.
Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
A former NFL Draft selection who spent four seasons in the league, Adrian Madise joined the Lamar University coaching staff in February 2018. Madise comes to the Golden Triangle to work with the Cardinals’ receivers.
Madise makes the jump to the college ranks after spending the previous eight years putting together a successful résumé at the high school ranks. Madise has spent the previous three seasons serving as the offensive coordinator for South Oak Cliff High School.
During his time at the high school level, Madise has made a name for himself by producing NCAA Division I talent. Madise has produced more than 50 athletes who have gone on to play football at a four-year school. Among the athletes that advanced to play football at the next level, 14 signed with NCAA FBS schools.
In addition to the number of athletes Madise has produced, his teams have put up some impressive numbers as well. He helped coach four different teams to the playoffs, and was a member of the Red Oak staff that was named 2009 District 15-4A Football Staff of the Year. He also produced two squads that finished ranked among the area top 20 in passing and scoring offense, including the 2016 South Oak Cliff which finished the year ranked 11th in the area in scoring offense (39.7 ppg).
Madise’s coaching career has also made stops at Mesquite, Woodrow Wilson, Skyline, Dallas Lincoln and Red Oak High Schools.
Madise played his college football at TCU where he was coached by current LU head coach Mike Schultz. Madise led the Horned Frogs in receptions and receiving yards in 2001 and 2002 on his way to team MVP honors. Following his college career, Madise was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. He spent four seasons in the NFL playing for the Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans.
Madise graduated from TCU with his bachelor’s degree in May 2003. He returned to school to earn a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from North Texas in May 2017.
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line
A former Southern Conference Coach of the Year selection, Bill Bleil was hired in February 2018 to work with the Cardinals’ offensive linemen. He brings 25 years of coaching experience, including five as a head coach at the FCS level, with him to the Golden Triangle. Among his 25 years of experience, 16 have been spent as either head coach, offense or defensive coordinator.
Bleil makes his way to Beaumont after spending the 2017 season at Missouri Southern where he served as assistant head coach working with the offensive line. During his one season with the Lions, Bleil produced one of the nation's top offensive fronts. The Lions ranked among the nation's top 30 in pass protection.
Bleil spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Rhode Island before leaving for Missouri Southern. Prior to his time in Kingston, R.I., Bleil spent five seasons at Iowa State. During his time with the Cyclones, Bleil helped produce one of the most successful runs in program history. Iowa State recorded its most wins during a four-year stretch since 1906 reaching three bowl games – a first in program history.
Prior to his time in Ames, Bleil spent five seasons in Akron, Ohio serving as the assistant head coach for the Zips. During his time with Akron, Bleil worked with tackles and tight ends, and contributed to Akron’s first MAC Championship and a trip to the Motor City Bowl.
Bleil spent the 2004 season at Pittsburgh holding a similar position. During his lone year with the Panthers, Bleil helped coach Pittsburgh to a Big East Championship and berth in the Fiesta Bowl.
Bleil was named offensive coordinator at Western Carolina in February 1996, and was promoted to head coach the following year. Bleil served as the WCU head coach for the next five seasons being named conference coach of the year in 2000. Bleil’s career has also made stops at South Dakota, the University of the Pacific and Northwestern.
Bleil received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern College in 1981. He graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a master’s degree the following year.
Assistant Coach - Tight Ends
Bobby Dodd is entering his second season working with the Lamar University tight ends. During his first season with the Cardinals Dodd produced one of the top young tight ends in the conference. Rising junior Case Robinson was named honorable mention All-Southland Conference following the 2017 season. Even more impressive than Robinson’s production on the field was the fact that he spent the 2016 season as a quarterback.
"I had the privilege of working with Bobby last year, and got a chance to see the hard work that he puts into this program," said LU head coach Mike Schultz. "He was a graduate assistant but had the responsibilities of a full-time coach. He handled everything from position meetings to game planning and had responsibilities with recruiting. I was really very impressed with him, and it was an easy move to elevate him to this position."
Dodd came to LU from Jonesboro, Ark., where he spent the past three seasons working with the Arkansas State quarterbacks and special teams. During his time with the Red Wolves, helped produce the nation’s fourth-ranked kickoff unit. He was also a member of a coaching staff that won the Sun Belt Conference title.
Dodd received his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State in August 2016.
Quality Control Coach - Offense
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